Siberian Wildfires Kill at Least 23, Displace Thousands

April 14, 2015 12:29 PM

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Massive wildfires have devastated a swathe of Siberia, destroying hundreds of homes and leaving as many as 5,000 people homeless. About 850 people have been injured and at least 23 killed by the fires, emergency services said today.

The huge blazes engulfed villages across the eastern Khakasiya region over the weekend, affecting 38 villages and destroying more than 1,200 homes. After an exceptionally dry winter, high winds rapidly drove the fires onto residential areas; flames sometimes covered 30 meters in a second, the state ...

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